Despite the Minister of Justice's chant that the draft law on oligarchs has been put on hold, we are seeing systemic pressure on the most prominent representatives of the “richest Ukrainians” social group. It turns out that even without a relevant law, the state has enough legal leverage to save them from the burden of owning property. If this continues, then in a year we will have only one single oligarch left, writes Ukrrudprom.
The Office of the President has already understood that the oligarchic law will drive them into a Procrustean bed of 4 requirements, at least three of which must be met by the objects of this regulation: assets worth more than 2.5 billion hryvnias, monopoly, political influence and media. Given the agility with which the same Akhmetov jumped out of “Ukraine”, it is obvious that each of the domestic oligarchs will do something similar in order not to meet the formal and often poorly formalized criteria described above (take the same political influence).
Therefore, it was decided to pause the story of the adoption of the law on oligarchs. Yes, it is included in the number of promises of the Ukrainian authorities for the country's entry into the European Union, but here you can pull the bagpipes, referring to the lack of recommendations from the Venice Commission (as if this had stopped someone before. Zelensky is playing…).
Instead, the oligarchs will be taken for a living not “for all the good things”, but for specific facts and directions. The same Akhmetov will be deprived of his main business asset – GOKs, mining iron ore as part of Metinvest. This will be done through the submission of a group of people's deputies to the Constitutional Court, initiated by Kolomoisky back in 2020, regarding the illegality of the privatization of SJSC Ukrrudprom.
Bene is now, after the actual nationalization of Ukrnafta and Ukrtatnafta, clearly not up to showdowns with colleagues in the shop. Nevertheless, thanks to his old initiative, justice will be done in the Ukrrudprom case.
At the same time, for parliamentary lobbyists, not only Akhmetov, but also the rest of the oligarchs, a demonstrative flogging was arranged for the main “mouthpiece” of DTEK, the once decent trade union leader Mikhail Volynets, who at the end of his life was seduced by handouts from class alien nouveaux riches. He will be pressed for illegally acquired property by the anti-corruption authorities (he has already been put on the wanted list by NABU), and each of the representatives of the informal fan clubs of this or that billionaire in the Ukrainian parliament will be able to try this situation on himself.
Zelensky plays with the Russians
Finally, the hands of the OP also reached the odious characters from the Luzhnikov organized crime group, which worked in Ukraine for two decades under the guise of the Slovak VS Energy. Recall that among its real owners:
- the owner of the Moscow football club CSKA Evgeny Giner;
- former Vice Speaker of the State Duma of Russia Alexander Babakov;
- the so-called “thief in law” Misha “Luzhnetsky” – he is Mikhail Voevodin.
Despite the fact that the Luzhnikovites had once influential lobbyists in the OP (which Boris Baum alone is worth), they were multiplied “to zero” after the de-occupation of Kherson. Interesting facts of cooperation between Khersonoblenergo controlled by the aforementioned Russians and the invaders have surfaced.
Konstantin Zhevago, their longtime counterpart in disputes over control of the Poltava Mining and Processing Plant, is experiencing something similar now. In addition to a wide range of financial crimes, he was finally accused of working with the Russian Federation within the framework of his pharmaceutical company Arterium. It is obvious that the OP is fully aware of the weakness of the positions in Ukraine of this particular oligarch, who is holed up in Monaco, and are going to turn him into a “whipping boy” as a warning to his fellow oligarchs.
Well, twice not to get up, they decided to pass the news to another member of the gang of “rich and famous” at Zelensky's – Viktor Mikhailovich Pinchuk. The Antimonopoly Committee woke up from a lethargic sleep and did exactly what it was created for – Interpipe accused it of inflating product prices, taking advantage of its monopoly position in the market. It is possible that, if successful, this positive experience will be extended to the assets of other oligarchs.
Yes, so that they will still longingly remember the anti-oligarchic bill, which of course proposed to sew a “yellow star” on their jacket ( according to Beni's apt remark), but at least he didn't get into the bedside table from which they take money.